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Broader Term: 

n. ~ 1. A document organized chronologically, especially those in tabular form, indicating the day of week, date, and month. - 2. A finding aid that is a chronological listing of documents in a collection, which may be comprehensive or selective, and which may include details about the writer, recipient, date, place, summary of content, type of document, and page or leaf count; a chronological inventory.


Though common through the first half of the 20th century, the production of calendars2 by archives has become increasingly rare.

(Berner 1983, p. 6) It was assumed that historians were the main users and that they were best served by chronological and subject arrangements. Historians themselves thought so. The descriptive practice of calendaring responded to this felt need among historians and was a goal in most manuscript repositories before 1940.